22 October 2012
Frankie Boyle granted £55k in libel compensation
Frankie Boyle has been awarded around £55,000 in compensation after he sued the Daily Mirror on the grounds of libel.
London's High Court ruled today (October 22nd) that the media group had libelled the comic in an article it published in July 2011 that began with the introduction 'Racist comedian Frankie Boyle'.
Consequently, the newspaper's parent company Mirror Group Newspapers was ordered to grant Boyle just over £50,000 for describing him as a "racist", as well as a further £4,250 for the claim in the piece that he had been "forced to quit" the BBC's panel show Mock the Week.
Last week, Boyle's barrister David Sherbourne said it is "obviously defamatory" to brand someone racist and upon leaving the court after today's decision, Boyle noted he was "very happy" with the outcome.
Posting on his Twitter account this afternoon, Boyle said racism remains a "very serious problem" in society, which is "why I've made a point of always being anti-racist in my life and work".
"I am giving my damages to charity," he added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas